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Dave Rose set to begin post-Jimmer era

4/7/2011

Numerous schools came after BYU coach Dave Rose after the season in which he led the Cougars to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 30 years. Rose might have been able to ride the wave of Jimmer-mania right on out of Provo, but ultimately decided to sign a new five-year contract.

Rather than jump at another opportunity, Rose spent the Final Four going from one awards ceremony to another with Jimmer Fredette and then accepted a new deal that keeps him at BYU through 2016.

"This," Rose told reporters, "is my future.

"I think you get a little taste of some things, and you want more. I think that we have the capability of continuing to move this program forward, and I want to be a part of it."

The post-Jimmer era won't be without its challenges. BYU leaves the Mountain West Conference for the WCC without Fredette, Jackson Emery and freshman guard Kyle Collinsworth, who is leaving on a Mormon mission.

Rose still doesn't know the status of forward Brandon Davies, who was suspended in early March for the rest of this season due to an honor code violation. The absence of Davies did allow BYU's frontcourt players to get more experience, and Chris Collinsworth should return from season-ending knee surgery.

But how do the Cougars replace the record-setting production of Fredette and Emery?

It could be left up to a couple of newcomers. Rose has signed DeMarcus Harrison, ESPNU's No. 37 shooting guard out of high school. BYU also should have UCLA transfer Matt Carlino available to play in December, though he has never played in a college game.

Then there is navigating through a new league in which Gonzaga has won 11 straight WCC regular season titles and is loaded again for next season.

Accepting this task is Rose, who has been as steady as they come in recent years while dealing with everything from a bout with cancer to the Davies gut punch.

As he said about BYU, he "wanted to continue to build a legacy."